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Coalgate: SC to examine CBI’s status report today

10 July New Delhi: The Supreme Court is due to examine the status report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the coal scam on Wednesday.

According to reports, the apex court will also consider the Centre’s affidavit on autonomy for the central probe agency. The highest court had on July 03 asked the Centre to come out with a law before the next hearing (today), to insulate the CBI from external influence.

The central probe agency had on Monday approached the Supreme Court for modifications of the latter’s order barring it from sharing the Coalgate probe report with any government agency or officers.

It also sought lifting of restrictions imposed on it from changing the 33-member investigation team.

In separate applications, the agency said the scope of the probe was expanding and, 13 regular cases and three Preliminary Enquiries (PEs) had so far been registered.

The apex court, while describing the CBI as a “caged parrot”, had pulled up the agency for sharing information on its status report with the then Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and Attorney General G E Vahanvati.

It had on May 8 directed the CBI to ensure secrecy of its probe and not allow access of its investigation to any authority including ministers, law officers, advocates and prosecutor of the central government.

The court had also asked the agency not to change the 33-member probe team without its approval.

The CBI said that it needed to share the probe details with the law officers for getting their opinion to strengthen the case.

With PTI Inputs

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